Torbreck dates only to 1994, the first year that the erudite Dave Powell crushed just three tons of dry farmed, old vine grapes, which he fashioned into mighty fine wine. Today, Dave Powell remains the mastermind behind Torbreck Vintners. He is, also, one of Australia's most accomplished winemakers. Moreover, he has a knack for locating and securing some of the oldest vines in Barossa, which he so adeptly fashions into liquid gold – only Dave's liquid is mostly of the purple persuasion and the finest examples bear the venerable name Shiraz.
Torbreck's amazing Shiraz line-up comes only from a select number of old Barossa growers, who continue to harvest every grape by hand and eschew the vagaries of mechanical manipulation. To Dave's credit, all of his Shiraz offerings are the exclusive progeny of low yielding, dry farmed old vines; and the results are nothing short of remarkable. Torbreck's stunningly rich, old vine Shiraz offerings include wines with such colorful names as Descendant, The Factor, Runrig, and The Struie.
The Struie receives its name from a hill that rises above Scotland's Glenmorangie distillery. At first glance, this may appear all a bit surprising, but for Dave Powell this all makes perfect sense. Besides, Torbreck gets it name from a forest in Scotland where Dave once worked as a lumberjack. In addition, it seems that The Struie is also the home of a pub called the Altman Arms, a pub that Dave Powell frequented and where he once heard a band called Run Rig play. This information should tell us something about the nomenclature of Torbreck's wines, if nothing else. In the case of the Struie, this wine is an artful blend of 100% Shiraz from two distinct vineyards – one in the Barossa, the other in the high altitude of nearby Eden Valley. The result is classic Hermitage style Shiraz that will age beautifully and judiciously reward cellaring.